Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor passed away yesterday of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 79. Taylor, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress who became notorious for her impressive diamond jewelry collection and her notorious love life, which included 8 marriages to 7 men (she married actor Richard Burton twice) had reported health problems in recent years and appeared frail in public appearances.
Beyond acting, Taylor is credited with bringing the world’s attention to AIDS with her fund-raising and activism. In 1985, when Taylor’s lifelong friend Rock Hudson died of AIDS, she brought national attention to the growing disease. She raised and donated millions of dollars to the cause, founding the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
She was also an entrepreneur, spearheading a successful line of perfume and multiple jewelry lines. In 1999, Taylor was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. (more…)
Earlier this month producer Scott Rudin announced that he was developing a Cleopatra biopic “for and with Jolie” based on Stacy Schiff’s book “Cleopatra: A Life.” Schiff raved about the choice, telling USA Today, “Physically, she’s the perfect look.” But is she really? The above picture was computer generated by scientists at Cambridge University in 2008. (more…)